Monday, September 01, 2008

Vetting The Pundits: From Huffington Post to Halcro

Andrew Halcro once again has decided to get in the game. He has it on a good source that there are people here vetting Sarah Palin.

Andrew states:

Vetting the announcement
The campaign of John McCain has sent a staff of eight people into Alaska to conduct background checks and vetting on Governor Sarah Palin. Word is they have have eight rooms reserved at a Wasilla hotel.

The Huffington Post has a similar story in that Palin wasn't vetted.

On Saturday, a Democrat tasked with opposition research contacted the Huffington Post with this piece of information: as of this weekend, the McCain campaign had not gone through old newspaper articles from the Valley Frontiersman, Palin's hometown newspaper.

How does he know? The paper's (massive) archives are not online. And when he went to research past content, he was told he was the first to inquire.
"No one else had requested access before," said the source. "It's unbelievable. We were the only people to do that, which means the McCain camp didn't."

The Frontiersman did not immediately confirm the revelation. And there is no indication from the Democratic source that anything nefarious or problematic will be found in the archives. But officials with the paper did not recall inquiries by the McCain campaign.

What Andrew has failed to recall is this from the blog Wizbang:

A tipster sent us word that John McCain's VP advance man Arthur Culvahouse has been spotted in Juneau, Alaska. There's only one reason he would be there - to meet with Alaska Governor Sarah Palin about the Vice President position.

This comes on the heels of McCain's Memorial Day weekend barbecue attended by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, former White House budget director Rob Portman, and Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman. Supposedly that was in informal affair, not a vetting session, but it appears that the VP selection game is very much afoot.

Governor Palin would (in my estimation) make an excellent VP candidate for McCain. Thomas Cheplick at The American Spectator makes the case that she's probably the only VP candidate who can balance the ticket against Obama. She's also a potential magnet for disaffected Hillary Clinton voters, many of whom are just looking for a reason not to vote for Obama.

This was posted in May. The gist of Andrew Halcro's comments and Huffington Post is to fan the flames of conspiracies. What is taking place is security details are being put in place as is normal background checks that take place.

Since Andrew was never in the military and the poor schmuck from the Huffington Post doesn't seem to have been in the military, when one is required to have a high level security, it is normal to do background checks on family and friends. The vetting process has taken place with Palin months ago.

And this Wooten story is a bust for the left.

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